Corning Outstanding Student Paper Winner Announced


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Corning Outstanding Student Paper Winner Announced

WASHINGTON, April 22—The OSA Foundation and Corning Incorporated are pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition is David Hillerkuss of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Hillerkuss was awarded top honors for his paper “Novel Optical Fast Fourier Transform Scheme Enabling Real-Time OFDM Processing at 392 Gbit/s and Beyond.” The $1,500 grand prize and two $1,000 honorable mention prizes were formally presented during the Plenary and Awards Session at this year’s Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) held March 21-25 in San Diego.

Hillerkuss was one of five finalists for the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition that were selected from more than 430 student paper submissions. The finalists each presented their research at OFC/NFOEC and were judged by the conference general chairs and technical program chairs based on innovation, research excellence and author presentation skills.

“We are honored to present this year’s award to David Hillerkuss,” said John Cartledge of Queen’s University and one of this year’s OFC/NFOEC general co-chairs. “David’s research exhibited a remarkable level of innovation and his presentation of the results was superb. I anticipate that he will continue to make significant contributions to the field as he completes his doctoral studies. Congratulations to David and the two honorable mention awardees.”

This year’s honorable mentions are:

  • Jonas Geyer, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
    Paper: “Efficient Frequency Domain Chromatic Dispersion Compensation in a Coherent Polmux QPSK-Receiver”
  • David Sinefeld, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    Paper: “Photonic Spectral Processor Employing Two-Dimensional WDM Channel Separation and a Phase LCoS Modulator

Submissions for the 2011 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition will be accepted during the 2011 OFC/NFOEC Call for Papers process.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

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Since 1979, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) has been the annual forum for those in the optical communications field to network and share research and innovations. In 2004, OFC joined forces with the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) creating the largest and most comprehensive international event for optical communications. By combining an exposition of 500 companies with a unique program of peer-reviewed technical programming and focused educational sessions, audiences from service providers, manufacturers, network providers and more participate in OFC/NFOEC for the latest advances in optical communications.

OFC/NFOEC,, is managed by the Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Photonics Society. Acting as a non-financial technical co-sponsor is Telcordia Technologies, Inc.